At least two NYPD officers were injured in a hatchet attack this week, with the violent scene partially caught live on video. Some media sources are alleging that the disturbing crime may be related to a terrorist attack or an individual act of terrorism, but the New York Police Department has not responded to such claims at this time. News Day reports this Friday, October 24, 2014 that the man with the axe was shot dead by one law enforcement authority following his brief onslaught.
It may not be a common weapon, but the axe used in an NYPD officers hatchet attack left a pair of cops seriously injured this week. One official was said to have suffered critical wounds before the assailant was finally taken down. The motive behind the shocking incident is not known at this time, but some news outlets are speculating that it may have been a terrorist attempt.
Following recent threats of terrorism and attacks up north in Canada, an emergency memo was dispatched to officers in the NYPD system, ordering that a high level of security and awareness be established. As seen in the featured video, while the officers were on duty in Queens, they were approached by a man in the early afternoon asking to take a photograph of the law enforcement group.
That’s when the unexpected hatchet attack occurred, continues News Max in an update this Friday. A rogue assailant with a beard and dark jacket can be seen in the footage suddenly charged at the cops, wielding an axe and hitting one officer sharply in the arm before swinging his weapon again and delivering a powerful blow to the head. Before the potential terrorist could strike again, he was shot down and killed by one of the uninjured officers.
As of this morning, the identity of the NYPD attacker remains unknown. Authorities have released a statement confirming that the suspect was a male, approximately 32 years old. An emergency investigation is being launched into the harrowing case, though no information relating whether the assault was a terrorist attempt or not has been mentioned. The man with the small axe was declared dead by gunshot at the scene of the violent crime.
Only one witness was said to be injured in the NYPD officers hatchet attack. A 29-year-old woman as caught in the cops’ crossfire and is currently receiving treatment for her non-life-threatening wound at a local hospital. The officer who was struck in the arm by the assailant is said to be in stable condition, but his 25-year-old partner hit in the head has received surgery and remains in a critical state. It is not known whether he will survive, the press release concluded. Act of terrorism or not, the situation was a frightening one. The video of the event is attached at the top of this article.
“At this point, no known motive for this attack has been established,” Police Commissioner William Bratton announced in a press conference this week.